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    Red face Shoulder Pain

    Looking for information and insight into dealing with continual shoulder pain in a paraplegic. Has had intense physical therapy....helps but does not eliminate the pain. Should he see an orthopaedic surgeon?

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    JM, i had PT for a few months for shoulder pain. The pain was still present and I went to a chiropractor a few times and the pain is gone. I would avoid surgery.

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    Thanks Jim...we will look into a chiropractor......it is definitely worth a try.

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    If you see the ortho.. check out a sports clinic. To me they have a little better understanding of how much activity we experience.
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    If you do a CC search for shoulder pain, you will find many threads dealing with this common problem. When NSAIDs and other first line pain relievers are not sufficient to control the pain, a common treatment is injection of cortisone into the shoulder joint. This is best done by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders. Although all physicians will claim to
    be able to do these injections, experience counts. Also you will find this publication very informative.

    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

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    I'm a C-6 about 18 years post-injury, all in a manual chair. Over the last say 9-12 months i have an odd pain situation in my right shoulder.

    While sometimes the shoulder is sore/stiff, about 90 percent of the time there is no really noticeable pain. Out of the blue though and via no pattern/reason that i can figure out, i'll go from no pain at all to intense ass searing pain in that shoulder. Pain that makes it hard to do just the simple task of pushing my chair.

    Then sometimes, that searing pain pain can vanish in only 10-30 minutes, but the next time it lasts an hour to multiple hours.

    The randomness and often instantaneous zero to 10 increase in pain from my right shoulder can freak me out when it happens. It's not so much the pain itself that scares or bothers me the most because i've had hypersensitivity in my feet and brutal nerve pain for 15 plus years. I'm used to being in pain. What scares me is the thought of this pain ever becoming more chronic and even worse, something i'd need surgery for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDuder View Post
    What scares me is the thought of this pain ever becoming more chronic and even worse, something i'd need surgery for.
    That's a valid concern. I'm not in a chair, but my shoulder surgery had a huge impact on me. I can't imagine how I would have coped if I needed my arms for mobility. If you need it, you need it, but find a doc who views it as a last resort.

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